Against the background of the 25th anniversary of the toyism art movement, the brotherhood of the toyists is shown. Together with their “Mother” (name of the manifesto) the toyists are celebrating. This grotesque anniversary party is a collective event in which the toyists exuberantly celebrate their creative birth of 25 years ago. During Carnival everyone is equal. But as Mother prescribes this is always the cast with the toyists. Wearing (yellow) masks emphasizes this equality. The own identity is temporarily lifted, equal to Carnival.
The official authority is temporarily replaced by a board of fools and jesters kings. The Carnival square (ehibition area RLS1957) is freely accessible for everyone and is a celebration of the body and a delight for the senses. That includes a special anniversary beer.
- Title: Grand Carnival
- Artist: Dejo
- Year: 2017
- Technique: Acrylic
- Material: Canvas
- Size: 200 x 350 cm
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Toyism paintings are nothing if not bizarre but recognizable imageries drawn from reality, the surreal, and fantasy. The intense play of lines, shapes, dots and colors is intended to help open the viewer’s mind. And to critical thinking about the human condition in the present day world. Toyism is figurative, contemporary and based on a story. These stories can cover all kinds of subjects. From happy to critical or serious subjects. Toyism paintings are very labour intensive. Every painting consist of several layers of paint. Making the colours bright and vibrant and able to withstand the test of time.
Paintings are created by a mixed group of professional artists from around the world. Also with diverse cultural backgrounds and working in various disciplines. Yet all artists have a like-minded view of how to experience this art and inspire each other. No matter their own backgrounds or beliefs, everyone can express themselves in this style without losing their own value or feeling. Therefore every toyist can influence and enrich the style. Hence toyists tell their own story and depict it.